Frye Studies

Widely acknowledged as the most influential literary critic of the twentieth century, Northrop Frye (1912-1991) first gained international acclaim for his book Fearful Symmetry in 1947. In the ensuing decades, Frye revolutionized literary studies many times over, earning worldwide praise for his field-shattering reinterpretations of William Blake’s poetry and his shrewd identification of metaphoric systems in the Western literary canon. This series presents historical and cultural analyses of Frye’s life and contributions, including his lesser-known involvement in sociopolitical debates over the course of a long and textured career at Toronto’s Victoria University.


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Northrop Frye's Uncollected Prose
Northrop Frye's Uncollected Prose
By Northrop Frye
Edited by Robert D. Denham

Northrop Frye’s Uncollected Prose offers valuable insight into Frye’s early life, his research methodology, and thought process, and is further proof of the remarkable depth and range of his work.

Published May 2015
Northrop Frye and American Fiction:
Northrop Frye and American Fiction:
By Claude Le Fustec

Claude Le Fustec presents insightful readings of the presence of transcendence and biblical imagination in canonical novels by American writers ranging from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Toni Morrison.

Published Jan 2015
Body of Vision: Northrop Frye and the Poetics of Mind
Body of Vision: Northrop Frye and the Poetics of Mind
Michael Sinding

By linking Frye’s classic studies to exciting recent approaches in the humanities and the cognitive revolution of the past few decades, Body of Vision casts Frye’s achievements in a fascinating new light.

Published Feb 2014
The Necessary Unity of Opposites: The Dialectical Thinking of Northrop Frye
The Necessary Unity of Opposites: The Dialectical Thinking of Northrop Frye
Brian Russell Graham

Graham contends that it was the method of Frye's thinking - his dialectic ability to see opposing concepts as a unity rather than a dichotomy - that allowed him to transcend binary constructs and formulate new conclusions and questions about literature, politics, and society.

Published Jan 2011
Northrop Frye's Canadian Literary Criticism and Its Influence
Northrop Frye's Canadian Literary Criticism and Its Influence
Edited by Branko Gorjup

Northrop Frye's Canadian Literary Criticism examines the impact of Frye's criticism on Canadian literary scholarship as well as the response of Frye's peers to his articulation of a 'Canadian' criticism.

Published Jul 2009
Northrop Frye and the Phenomenology of Myth
Northrop Frye and the Phenomenology of Myth
By Glen Robert Gill

With excursions into fields such as literary theory, depth psychology, theology, and anthropology, Northrop Frye and the Phenomenology of Myth is essential to the understanding of Frye's important mythological work.

Published Dec 2006
Biblical and Classical Myths: The Mythological Framework of Western Culture
Biblical and Classical Myths: The Mythological Framework of Western Culture
Northrop Frye, Jay Macpherson

By complementing the biblical tradition with the classical, this volume imparts a comprehensive understanding of western mythology. With a preface by Alvin Lee, general editor of the Collected Works of Northrop Frye, Biblical and Classical Myths is an essential volume and represents a unique achievement in scholarship.

Published Oct 2004
Frye and the Word: Religious Contexts in the Writings of Northrop Frye
Frye and the Word: Religious Contexts in the Writings of Northrop Frye
By Jeffrey Donaldson and Alan Mendelson

Frye and the Word draws together leading scholars in the fields of literary studies and hermeneutics, religious studies, and philosophy to construe and debate the late thought and writings of Northrop Frye in their spiritual dimension.

Published Feb 2004
Northrop Frye: Eastern and Western Perspectives
Northrop Frye: Eastern and Western Perspectives
By Wang Ning and Jean O'Grady

Drawn from papers given at an international symposium on Northrop Frye in Hoh-Hot, Inner Mongolia, this volume offers insights intoFrye's theoretical approaches and the new context provided by cross-cultural questions.

Published Feb 2003
Rereading Frye: The Published and the Unpublished Works
Rereading Frye: The Published and the Unpublished Works
By David V. Boye and Imre Salusinszky

This collection of essays begins the process of reassessing Frye's thought and writings in light of extraordinary, unpublished material contained in archives at the Victoria University Library, University of Toronto.

Published Jun 1999